State Insurance Exchange Special Enrollment Period Extended

In response to the changes made to the premium tax credits by the American Rescue Plan Act, the state’s health insurance marketplace (MNsure) has extended its special open enrollment period (SEP) to July 16, 2021. This extension is occurring since premium tax credits have lowered premiums for a greater number of people; the state anticipates that the demand to enroll on the marketplace will rise.

While the creation of the SEP will affect individuals that will enroll on the marketplace, employers should be mindful of this extension in case there are employees who seek to drop coverage under their plans to take advantage of the SEP. Specifically, the permissible qualifying event for a revocation due to enrollment in a qualified plan will allow an employee to drop their employer’s plan mid-year if they intend to enroll in the marketplace. Unless future legislation or guidance indicates otherwise, applicable large employers are still required to offer full-time employees minimum value coverage satisfying one of the affordability safe harbors.

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